All District libraries will be closed Monday, January 16, to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Regular library hours will resume Tuesday, January 17.

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New year, new stitch: cross-stitching with attitude

Posted on January 17, 2017 at 6:00 am

  By Stefani Miller Looking for something new try in 2017? Consider cross-stitch. Cross-stitch—a once neglected art form (some may argue)—is making a serious comeback with new patterns and a healthy dose of attitude. Out with the elaborate garden scenes. In with sugar skulls and humorous, snarky sayings. In other words, this is definitely not […]

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Cult films and why we love, hate them

Posted on January 10, 2017 at 6:00 am

  By Melanie Boerner You know you have one—the movie you can quote on the fly (and for some of us, from beginning to end). Or you may have one movie that, when mentioned, you cringe because you loathe it. These are the movies we’ve watched dozens (100s?) of times—whether we like them or not. […]

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Reluctant readers, the right books, and Minecraft

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Do you have a kid who is a reluctant reader? When kids complain that reading is boring, they are probably just reading the wrong book. . . for them. Reluctant readers often will try books about things that they already love. If you have a Minecrafter in your house, you may have checked […]

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BBB Consumer Education workshops at the library

Posted on December 28, 2016 at 6:00 am

Spokane County Library District has partnered with the Better Business Bureau to bring you consumer education workshops on topics such as financial literacy, smart shopping, and avoiding scams. Kirstin Davis of the BBB leads these workshops and informative presentations, which are geared for adults and teens. During January through April, you’ll […]

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Broadway Court Estates Book Club (when the library comes to you)

Posted on December 27, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge Meet Charline and Margy (standing) and Suzanne, Jean, and Winnie (seated)—about half of the Broadway Court Estates Book Club (busy schedules and winter colds prevented others from making it). I was invited come along to their December meeting by Margy, Public Services Specialist at Spokane Valley Library and facilitator of the group […]

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Twas the night before… at the library

Posted on December 20, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Jane Baker ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the library The patrons had left with all the books they could carry; Computer screens were blank and turned off for the night, The book drops emptied, ready for first light; The library was silent, but if you were really still Echos of storytime […]

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Celebrating the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Gwendolyn Haley Lately it seems that everyone in my social media feed is an aspiring Constitutional scholar. The 10 amendments that are now known as the Bill of Rights were ratified and became part of the Constitution on December 15, 1791. The issues they deal with were on the forefront of the founders’ minds […]

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3D printing: if you can design it, we can print it

Posted on December 14, 2016 at 9:30 am

By Gwendolyn Haley UPDATED FROM PREVIOUS POST 3D printing pops up in my newsfeed with increased regularity. Maybe you’ve seen some of the coverage too? Museums are using 3D printing to create replicas of priceless ancient artifacts for study and to allow people with visual impairments to experience masterpieces firsthand. Individuals and other o […]

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Romance families and their sagas

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 6:00 am

By Stefani Miller Have you ever really loved a character and wished there were 10 more just like him or her? Behold! I bring you the family saga romance. In this romance sub-genre, not only do you get to follow the story of the character you love but also the stories of that character’s brothers, […]

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3 tips for selling your first article

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 6:00 am

by Kelly Burgess As a long-time writer and editor, the most frequent question I get from people is, “How can I sell what I’m writing?” Becoming a writer is one thing (hint: it takes passion, discipline and dedication). Selling your work is quite another. I’m not going to lie: in some ways, it’s harder than […]

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